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Police Foil Man’s Attempt To Gouge Out Mother’s Eyes

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Police foil man’s attempt to gouge out mother’s eyes for ritual

One Mr. Emma Eregarnoma was arrested in Delta State on allegation of foiled attempt to use his own mother, Mrs. Oke Eregarnoma, for money rituals.

Theharmattannews gathered that Emma is presently being detained at Orokpe Divisional Police Headquarters in Okpe Local Government Area over the incident, which reportedly occurred on Tuesday in Okuokoko community near Warri.

It was gathered that Mrs. Oke Eregarnoma, who hails from Odorubo community in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta, resides in Okuokoko community near Warri where she is a foodstuff vendor at the popular Okuokoko market.

Narrating her ordeal to journalists on her hospital bed where she is presently recuperating, the mother who claimed to have survived suspected ritualist attack by her son, disclosed that for some days in recent times, her son had been boasting that he “must drive GLK this week.”

The woman told newsmen that on Tuesday at about 8pm, the son invited her to his house along Caroline Street, Okuokoko, having intimated her that he had a surprise package for her.

On getting there, the mother explained, she saw her son in an unusual joyous mood, as he put his musical gadget to a very loud volume.

But, according to her, the son suddenly locked the door to the room, and had attempted to strangle her and to pluck out her eyes. She said that she started screaming for help, but no response seemed forthcoming due to the loudness of the music he was playing.

Continuing, the woman narrated how she suddenly regained strength and was able to run outside for help while neighbours eventually came to her rescue.

Emma was consequently apprehended and taken to Orerokpe Police Station where he is now being interrogated, the woman said.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Oke is currently recuperating in a private hospital in Okuokoko where she is receiving medical attention.

Operatives of the Orokpe Divisional Police Command could not be reached for comments as of the time of filing this report.

When contacted, the Acting Police Public Relations Officer for Delta State, DSP Bright Edafe, confirmed that the suspect was in custody, but would not confirm a case of suspected ritual attempt.

While noting that investigation is ongoing in the incident, the Police spokesman maintained that operatives would interview the mother to find out the true situation.

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Supreme Court Dismisses Suit Challenging Adeleke’s Candidacy

The Supreme Court has affirmed Ademola Adeleke as the authentic candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the just concluded Osun State Governorship Election.

This has laid to rest the suit filed by Dotun Babayemi, a governorship aspirant of the party who sought the invalidation of Adeleke’s victory.

In a judgement delivered by Justice Amina Augie, the five-member panel held that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the suit after counsel for the appellant, Adebayo Adelodun, withdrew the earlier notice of appeal that was filed within time.

At the resumed hearing, Adelodun, who represented the appellant and Babayemi informed the court that he sought to withdraw the earlier notice of appeal to replace it with the fresh application he filed.

But the panel held that Section 285(11) of the constitution stipulated that an appeal on a pre-election matter must be filed within 14 days from the day of the decision, and that having filed the second appeal out of time, the apex court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the matter.

Justice Augie, therefore, dismissed the appeal for lack of jurisdiction.

Babayemi had asked the court to invalidate the primary election that produced the governor-elect, citing non-compliance with a court order.

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400 Staff To Lose Jobs As BBC Goes Digital

The British Broadcasting Corporation BBC world service has on Thursday disclosed that about 400 of its staff will lose their jobs as part of a cost-cutting programme and move to digital platforms,

The BBC said its international services needed to make savings of £28.5 million ($31 million) as part of wider reductions of £500 million.

In July it detailed plans to merge BBC World News television and its domestic UK equivalent into a single channel to launch in April next year.

BBC World Service currently operates in 40 languages around the world with a weekly audience of some 364 million people.

But the corporation said audience habits were changing and more people were accessing news online, which along with a freeze on BBC funding and increased operating costs meant a move to “digital-first” made financial sense.

BBC World Service director Liliane Landor said there was a “compelling case” for expanding digital services, as audiences had more than doubled since 2018.

“The way audiences are accessing news and content is changing and the challenge of reaching and engaging people around the world with quality, trusted journalism is growing,” she added.

 

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Hurricane Ian: Cities flooded and power cut as storm crosses Florida

Hurricane Ian: Cities flooded and power cut as storm crosses Florida

Hurricane Ian made landfall at around 15:10 local time (19:10 GMT) on Wednesday, smashing into the coast with wind speeds of up to 241km/h (150mph).

Dramatic scenes saw a hospital roof blown off, cars submerged and trees ripped out of the ground.

The category four hurricane was later downgraded to a tropical storm.

However, Floridians were warned that the most dangerous 24 hours lay ahead and the mayor of Tampa urged people to shelter in place through the night into Thursday morning.

“We are going to get the majority of the rain and the higher winds starting about 20:00, and they are going to last throughout the night,” Jane Castor said during a Wednesday evening briefing.

In a message posted on Facebook, the Weather Prediction Center told residents in the Central Florida Peninsula to expect “widespread life-threatening, catastrophic flash and urban flooding” continuing into Friday morning, with potentially up to 76cm (30ins) of rain falling locally.

Residents were ordered to leave their homes, but many have decided to remain and seek shelter indoors.

Mark Pritchett, who lives in the city of Venice, some 95km (60 miles) south of Tampa, described the “terrifying” moment he stepped outside his home as the hurricane made its way across the Gulf of Mexico.

“Rain shooting like needles. My street is a river,” he said in a text message to the Associated Press news agency.

In Lee County – the south-west region where Ian made landfall – police were prevented from responding to reports of looting at a petrol station because of the storm damage.

As a result, a curfew has been declared “until further notice”.

Lee County Manager Roger Desjarlais said that the Fort Myers community had “been – to some extent – decimated”. According to news agency AFP, some neighbourhoods in the city of 80,000 had been left resembling lakes.

State Governor Ron DeSantis described Ian as the “biggest flood event” south-west Florida had ever seen, and announced that 7,000 National Guard troops are ready to lead rescue operations in flood zones.

President Joe Biden will receive a briefing on Thursday from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Ian is now continuing to move north through Florida. Jacksonville International Airport, based in north-east Florida, cancelled all flights scheduled for Thursday.

The storm is forecast to emerge into the Atlantic by Thursday morning.

It is expected to reach Georgia and South Carolina on Friday. Virginia has also joined Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida by declaring a state of emergency.

Cuba’s western coast was hit by Hurricane Ian on Tuesday. Power has now been restored in some areas after the island was plunged into a total blackout. Two people are understood to have been killed in Cuba and more than 20 Cuban migrants are believed to be missing at sea.

Predicted path of Hurricane Ian. Updated 27 September

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